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From Oil Spills to Movie Stills, They See it All

“There’s been a toxic spill in the San Fernando Valley.” “I’m calling to report 10 leaking, abandoned drums near the Port of Los Angeles.”    “I’m seeing a milky substance flowing into the street and it smells really bad – like chemicals!” Every month the City’s Stormwater Hotline receives hundreds of calls just like this…

Back to School Stormwater Tips

We know what you’re thinking. “Is it time to go back to school already?” With everyone beginning to prepare for that first day back in class, we wanted to offer a few stormwater tips for parents, teachers and students as we all get ready for another school year. 1. Talk to your child’s teacher about…

Work Like (And With) A Dog

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of taking my dog to work! Dodger, my 10-year old furry friend, would be the perfect office companion. He’d keep my feet warm during the winter, remind me that occasional breaks are important, and keep my workmates…

Making the Grade

By Joyce Amaro, LA Stormwater Public Education Manager I love the ocean. I always have. I guess it’s in my blood. My father was a officer in the Naval Reserves, having served in World War II, and growing up, my family would often spend our spring vacations on Coronado Island in San Diego, staying at…

Creating a Lasting Impression

The 2012 theme for American Public Works Association’s National Public Works Week (May 20 – 26) is “Public Works: Creating a Lasting Impression.” One such LA Stormwater project, located in the San Fernando Valley, is aiming to do just that! The Woodman Avenue Multi-Beneficial Stormwater Capture and Median Retrofit Project will enhance the aesthetics of…

Is Your Project Required to Comply With LID?

On May 12, the Low Impact Development Ordinance’s road to adoption ended and LID became effective in Los Angeles. This landmark legislation will improve water quality here in LA by amending and expanding on the existing Standard Urban Stormwater Mitigation Plan (or SUSMP) requirements of capturing the first ¾-inch of rain from a storm event…

LA Wetlands Shine During American Wetlands Month

May marks the 21st anniversary of the EPA’s American Wetlands Month – a time when we celebrate the vital role that wetlands play. But what exactly are wetlands and why are they so important? Wetlands are a vital link between land and water –  a low-lying transitional area (or marsh) where water, nutrients and sunlight…

Santa Monica Baykeeper Stands Up for Clean Water

Liz Crosson joined Santa Monica Baykeeper as its executive director in May 2010, and her current work focuses on eliminating pollution and preventing the degradation of Southern California’s aquatic and coastal ecosystems. With Santa Monica Baykeeper’s inaugural Splash: Stand Up for Clean Water Paddleboard Race and Environmental Festival under her belt, Liz sat down with LA Stormwater to talk…

Sneak a Peek with a Click

Here at LA Stormwater, we are proud to be on the leading edge of environmental public education efforts. Our Facebookpage and Team Effort blog gives us a chance to chat with you about the issues facing Los Angeles’ rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches. Our quarterly e-newsletter LA Stormwater provides us with the opportunity to update you on projects and programs we’re…

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